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March 5, 2014

Former prime minister Ali Benflis is considered Bouteflika's main challenger for the presidency (Courtesy of Afraze)
10:49 GMT

Ten individuals have registered thus far to participate in Algeria's presidential elections that are set for April 17.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters that the West "cannot wish Iran's nuclear program away" (File Archive/AFP)
10:06 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister told the media Wednesday that Tehran will never give up its right to nuclear enrichment for peaceful purposes.

A Qatari national was jailed in the UAE for seven years over links to an Islamist group in what Doha has described as an unfair ruling (File Archive)
09:49 GMT

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their diplomatic envoys to Qatar Wednesday.

Arsal is a frequent target of Syrian spillover attacks (File Archive)
08:54 GMT

Conflicting reports were released Wednesday or whether or not the Lebanese army opened fire on Syrian warplanes near the Lebanese border town of Arsal.

Seven of the bombs that detonated Wednesday were from car explosions (File Archive/AFP)
08:45 GMT

At least 12 people have been killed in Baghdad from nine bombs that detonated Wednesday morning.

Nusra and ISIL fighters are in discussions of entering Lebanon in their fight against Hezbollah, but the two Al Qaeda-linked groups remain undecided on what acti
08:38 GMT

Al Qaeda affiliated rebel groups have been pondering entering into Lebanon, but stated this week that they are still trying to "send messages to Hezbollah" before taking any direct action in Lebanon.

The two Hezbollah fighters were allegedly trying to plant a bomb on the fence between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights (Courtesy of Times of Israel)
07:49 GMT

Israeli troops shot at two Hezbollah fighters Wednesday who were allegedly trying to plant a bomb near the fence of the Golan Heights-Syria border.

Egypt stopped exporting natural gas to Jordan since summer 2013 due to frequent attacks on the pipeline (File Archive)
07:36 GMT

A gas pipeline near Egypt's Port Said was hit by a bomb and exploded Wednesday morning.

Syrian regime fighters retook Sahel in the Yabrud region earlier this week (STR/AFP)
07:14 GMT

Syrian regime forces have allegedly intensified their operations in Yabrud, successfully recapturing a strategic area in Qalamoun that represents one of the last rebel strongholds in that region.

Obama met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington earlier this week (File Archive/AFP)
07:00 GMT

U.S. President Barack Obama has allegedly promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he would "pressure" Palestinians to match Israeli concessions within the framework of the ongoing peace talks between both sides.

French and Lebanese officials will meet Wednesday to finalize the three billion Saudi-sponsored arms deal (Thomas Samson/AFP)
05:00 GMT

France is planning to finalize its multi-billion arms deal with Lebanon and Saudi Arabia Wednesday

March 4, 2014

Pro-Morsi rallies rocked Egypt's Al Azhar for the past months since the former Islamist leader's oust in July 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
18:54 GMT

Egypt's prosecution released 24 pro-Morsi supporters Tuesday over issues related to the detainess' education and health issues.

Three policemen were killed while trying to dismantle a funeral procession for a 23-year-old Shiite man who died in prison under Bahraini authorities (Mohammed Al Shaikh/AFP)
18:14 GMT

Bahrain's state news agency reported Tuesday that three anti-government groups have been blacklisted as terrorist groups.

Netanyahu said the Israel boycott campaign is a "farce" during his speech in front of a pro-Israel audience in Washington Tuesday (Nicholas Kamm/AFP)
17:29 GMT

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told lobbyists in Washington Tuesday that Palestinians should recognize Israel as a Jewish state and for Palestinian leadership to "abandon fantasies" related to right of return.

Abbas' comments on a potential settlement freeze coincide with U.S. president Barack Obama's tense meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington (File Archive/AFP)
16:12 GMT

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has allegedly said that peace negotiations with Israel will not extend past the April deadline unless more Palestinian prisoners are released and settlement construction is suspended.